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Snow? Already?

By Staff | Nov 12, 2015

Ready or not, the snow will come to Palo Alto County.

Here is the policy of how the City of Emmetsburg will move snow so cars can travel the streets:

First day after a 2-inch or more snowfall – All streets will be opened for traffic in the following order: Hospital, Nursing Homes, Business District, Churches (if there is a pending a funeral), Schools and Residential Streets.

Second night after snowfall and the wind has subsided – Snow will be removed from the Business District.

All downtown sidewalks need to be cleared past the curb and the snow shall remain in the wind row (Do not pile any snow in piles on the street or public parking spaces). Please take extra care when removing snow around the ADA approaches to prevent damaging them (they are made of a composite material that could be easily damaged).

No parking in Business District after 11 p.m. Iowa Law and City Code states it is unlawful for any person to place ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley.

Sanding will be done in same order including the hills and intersections.

City officials advise that when the streets are icy, the hills cannot be sanded enough to be safe at all times. They would request that residents use an alternative route if possible when the streets are icy.

The City also requests no piling of snow in the right of way that would obstruct the view of motorists. The adjacent property owner will be responsible to remove all obstructions in a timely manner or be charged for the removal. The City cannot guarantee that every intersection can be cleared of piled snow to the extent that visibility will be unobstructed and so the motorist shall proceed with caution into intersections in a safe manner.

Vehicles should be kept off the streets whenever possible to allow the crews to do the best job they can. Iowa Law and City Code states that no person shall park, or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or City owned off street parking area during snow removal operations unless the snow has been removed or plowed from the said street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall. Violators will be ticketed and towed. City Code prohibits parking on any City Street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. All City Parking lots have a 48 hour parking limit.

The City will appreciate everyone’s cooperation during this winter season.